— LJ Kidd, chil­dren’s au­thor

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

I didn’t set out to do it! I was do­ing art, mainly im­pres­sion­ist oils work and each pic­ture seemed to have a story. The art took a change to il­lus­tra­tions and then the sto­ries took on a life of their own.

I was work­ing as a cook in a pri­mary school and a few of the stu­dents came into the kitchen and a bee also came in and landed on me.

I started to talk to the bee, telling it to go away and make some honey. It stayed and the chil­dren started to tell me that it didn’t want to make honey. We talked about all the op­tions the bee had and we de­cided it wanted to play the vi­o­lin, thus my book Beemadoo Plays his Dream.

The whole process of writ­ing has a life of its own and I write for my­self. The books seem to find their own way.

I have four books pub­lished and an­other un­der­way – Power of Di­a­mond Ring which draws on one of my es­tab­lished char­ac­ters, Rex the dog.

Over re­cent times I have had the priv­i­lege of be­ing con­tracted by the Port Dou­glas and Moss­man Pri­mary Schools to hold Cre­ative Writ­ing Work­shops with the stu­dents. This shar­ing of the cre­ative process is just won­der­ful.

I love cre­ativ­ity, I love cre­ative thought. There are no rules and no lim­its. There is no-one telling me what I can do and what I can’t. It pro­vides a free­dom, lik­ing div­ing into an­other at­mos­phere with un­lim­ited ideas.

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